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A week of practice, beginning December 31st
Announcing a beautiful opportunity to practice together with friends. Let’s begin the new year mindfully, in community, in joy!
Monday, New Year’s Eve, to Saturday, January 6, come and practice with friends and sangha at our center. Each event will feature meditation, talks and other practices led by one of our teachers.
This year, the week includes a New Year’s eve sit and celebration, AND a day of mindfulness on Saturday, January 5.
- Monday, 12/31, 6:30pm-9:00pm — New Years Eve program – practice and celebrate! with Beth Mulligan and Hugh O’Neill.
- Tuesday, 1/1, 6:30pm-8:00pm practice with Jokai Blackwell
- Wednesday, 1/2, 6:30pm-8:00pm practice with Larry Yang
- Thursday, 1/3, 6:30pm-8:00pm practice with Cheryl Slean
- Friday, 1/4, 6:30pm-8:00pm practice with Lorene Jabola
- Saturday, 1/5, 9:30am-4:00pm, Day of Mindfulness Practice with Ian Challis
You may attend all or any of the sessions. Please help us plan by registering below. Thank you!
Begins Thursday, January 24, 2019
Mindfulness meditation is a proven path to becoming more open, compassionate and relaxed in our ever-changing lives, in this “eternally unfolding moment”. Mindfulness is a technique and practice that we can each develop that brings greater presence, calm, clarity, and ultimately — freedom, into our experience.
Join ICD Guiding Teacher Ian Challis for this five week course, where we will examine and practice the techniques of Mindfulness Meditation in the context of the Buddha’s teachings.
Our focus will be a Solid Foundation: the fundamentals of practice; meditation techniques; working with distractions; lovingkindness meditation; integrating your practice and your life; practicing in community, and more. We’ll alternate practice periods, instruction, Q&A and discussion.
Class will meet Thursday evenings, from 6:30 to 8:00, with a day of practice on February 16.
Please Join Us! No prior meditation experience needed!
Course begins Monday, January 14, 2019
This six-week series is designed to deepen understanding of Buddhist teachings through the wisdom practice of study. An introduction to skillful means (tools) for study will be applied to the investigation of written teachings, specifically the Dhammapada.
The Dhammapada, a collection of verses attributed to the Buddha, is considered “one of the masterpieces of early Buddhist literature”. Integrated throughout the series is the practice of mindfulness and compassion.
Intentions for Learning:
- Engage directly with fundamental Buddhist teachings through reading
- Develop study skills that will assist and support investigation of the Suttas
- Integrate wisdom practice with heart practices
- Cultivate awareness of internal and external conditions that impact wisdom and/or heart practice
Dates: (All classes Monday, 7:00pm to 8:30pm) January 14, 28; February 11, 25; March 11, 25
At Dhamma Dena retreat center in the High Desert.
Join together with your spiritual community of friends at Dhamma Dena, located in the heart of the high desert just north of Joshua Tree. All members of Insight Community of the Desert’s sangha are warmly encouraged to participate in this weekend of deepening practice. The experience is sure to feel grounding, energizing, centering, and memorable!
Dhamma Dena’s inspirational setting offers a peaceful framework to support our growing practice as individuals and community. This silent weekend will offer all participants the invitation to unplug and reconnect with our lives and ourselves through the healing practices of insight meditation (vipassana) and lovingkindness (metta).
This retreat is open to beginning and experienced meditators. Guidance and support will be offered through daily instructions, Dhamma talks, and Q&A.
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Weekly Sit and Dharma talk:
Sundays 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Meditation as Refuge: (open to all)
Tuesdays 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Peer Led silent sit:
Wednesdays 5:30pm – 6:15pm
Intro to meditation:
First Sunday of each month, 3:00pm
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Intro to meditation: First Sunday of the month at 3:00pm
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1111 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way
Building C, 2nd Floor
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